It was not the first time Philip had been made angry by him, but Tom had never before been assailed with verbal missiles that he understood so well.
The temptations of beauty are much dwelt upon, but I fancy they only bear the same relation to those of ugliness, as the temptation to excess at a feast, where the delights are varied for eye and ear as well as palate, bears to the temptations that assail the desperation of hunger.
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Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
Discourteous knight, it ill becomes you to assail one who cannot defend himself...